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    PhD, Communication Sciences & Disorders

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  1. I'm SLP to PhD and don't really know the PT field, but: completing the clinical degree and certification may be a definite asset throughout a PhD program and in the faculty job search. Having patient care experience gives you more insight into the public health impact of your research than someone who went straight through school. This will improve your ability to form research questions, justify the significance of those questions to funding agencies (i.e., NIH), and contextualize outcomes in ways that matter to the public. It may also be the case that available faculty positions are in clinical departments, and the ability to teach in the classroom using case examples from your own practice, or to provide clinical supervision, will be a huge selling point for you. I transitioned from social science undergrad and clinical master's degree to a biology lab, and it's been such a huge benefit for my learning to be the person in the room with the least knowledge of cell biology or whatever, but the only person who has ever treated a patient. I get to learn from people with all kinds of expertise, and provide my own unique expertise. It WAS hard psychologically and emotionally to go back to being a student after being a professional, but it was worth it and the coursework period is ultimately so brief. Three years in, I feel like a professional again: I'm done with classes, done with prelims (no more exams ever), I'm starting to teach, and I've gotten a grant and am working along on a ton of research projects. The best aspect is that I get to do research in an area that's really understudied, pursue my ideas, form new collaborations, and carve out my own niche. Patient care is fun, but research is more interesting. Even surgeons say there's a 5-10 year window before you master everything, get bored, and start looking for more intellectual stimulation and get into research anyway. The worst aspect is definitely money, but that's temporary. SLP/CSD is a field that needs PhD-level faculty and I've been told that jobs will be plentiful and ultimately pay more than working as a clinician. We'll see how that plays out. Not sure about PT, though.
  2. As someone who transitioned from linguistics to SLP, my experience is that SLPs and some speech scientists within SLP/CSD don't use strict IPA. Hence, /r/ and I think some vowels (I haven't done artic since my master's program) are imprecise/adapted for American English. It was an adjustment.
  3. For physical stuff, maybe seek out yoga or meditation videos with a focus on breathing, and practice breathing with an open throat.
  4. Insurance and billing is important, too. Always learn as much as you can about that end of things.
  5. For me, it depends on what I need that day. Taking handwritten notes does help me focus in the moment, but I have tremendous difficulty rereading them later and actually using them as study instruments, especially if there's lots of unfamiliar vocabulary. So if there will be lots of memorization required, I need to type notes or have them provided on PPT or handouts. If I need to understand a process (statistics, math, signaling pathways), I'll use the strategy of taking notes to stay present and engaged for the duration of the class period, without the goal of using the notes later.
  6. Be sure to contact these programs to ensure that you can specialize in Voice. Vanderbilt has a specialty track; I'm not sure about most of the other places on your list, since I was limited to a geographic area when I searched. But I did speak to someone from UNC, and she said I would NOT be able to do a thesis in voice disorders there, which is why I didn't apply. There would not have been a faculty mentor for me; I'm not sure if that situation is permanent, or if someone was on sabbatical. If you're not looking to write a thesis, ask how many clinical rotations you'd be able to do in their voice center. If you can go anywhere in the country, I would check out the backgrounds of SLPs at various voice centers, and see where they went.
  7. For the USU people: there's a really active FB group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/109935279077833/?fref=ts
  8. Find out from your PhD program whether you are allowed to maintain outside employment.
  9. It's a rough time of year for everyone in or attached to a school, and your entire life is about to change as well. Panic shouldn't be unexpected. When it comes up, give yourself permission to feel it/be paranoid about your admission falling through for like 15 minutes, then jump into another activity. ETA: In the past 5 years, I've gotten married, had a child, moved 3 times, left 2 jobs, had my husband leave 2 jobs, completed a 2nd BS, bought a house, put it on the market, and been admitted to grad school, not all in that order. Change is stressful. You can't deny it, and you have to find a way to acknowledge your stress and let it out, because if you hold it in, your base-level anxiety will seep out in ways that drive you and everyone around you crazy.
  10. True. Look at the job postings on linguistlist.org to see what's out there. (Hint: computational linguists should be just fine.)
  11. My lease is up July 1, so that's when I'll be moving.
  12. My Goldlink changed to Decision Made a few days ago, and I finally got a letter in the mail yesterday. No email, ever. So check your mailbox!
  13. I visited yesterday, and she mentioned that it was tough to find them in CA as well. I committed to them yesterday as well; this opportunity seemed too amazing to pass up.
  14. If it's a state school and it's right on the border, there may be an agreement to treat residents of certain out-of-state border counties as in-state students. Check with the school.
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